A crucial study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has uncovered significant irregularities in drug prescriptions at major government hospitals in the country.


The research, part of the ICMR’s Rational Use of Medicines (ICMR-RUM) task force project, found that 45 percent of prescriptions deviated from standard treatment guidelines, with nearly 10 percent involving “unacceptable deviations”.

by Sumi Sukanya Dutta


Ambulance workers Protest in Lucknow: Locked in https://youtu.be/k9xUep9rxdg?t=80  अचानक लखनऊ की सड़कों पर 20 युवा,ये क्या हुआ.. Aug 2, 2021 

This is how Corona warriors feel... 

Emergency services company in UP ‘fires’ 550 ambulance workers on strike https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/emergency-services-company-in-up-fires-550-ambulance-workers-on-strike-7429344/ 
The workers were worried about losing their jobs as ZHL has already started recruiting fresh employees. They also claimed that the employment conditions at ZHL were unfavourable.

The ongoing strike of ambulance drivers, mainly under the banner of  Jeevandayni Association, has made several demands, including assurance of continued service after ZHL takes over the contract and continuation of their benefits. Around two months ago, the state government had decided to pass on the tender of ALS system to the ZHL.

It is the Crisis of Privatisation with Monopoly Corporatisation

Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said even though the government has mounted pressure on GVK EMRI for resumption of ambulance services, it cannot terminate the employees. “The termination process has been carried out by the company. The government is only putting pressure on the company for not providing services, which is causing inconvenience to people,” said Sehgal.

Talking to The Indian Express, Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Prashant Kumar said FIRs have been registered in several districts against the protesting workers as Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) ESMA is in practice. “If someone is doing something in contravention of that order, then we will take action.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/ambulance-strike-drivers-med-technicians-begin-to-assemble-in-lucknow-for-massive-protest/articleshow/84930737.cms  Aug 1, 2021 4 12 am

Ambulance drivers call off their strike https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/ambulance-drivers-call-off-their-strike/articleshow/84934724.cms 
Abhijay Jha / TNN / Updated: Aug 1, 2021, at 8.59 am

Most ambulance staff back on duty in UP, but trouble not over https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/most-ambulance-staff-back-on-duty-in-up-but-trouble-not-over-101627759038264.html Aug 1, 12.47 am
Of the total 4720 ambulances in the state, running under 108 and 102 categories, 4,100 are back on the roads. Still, many patients had to wait for long before they could get one to reach the hospital.

Gravitas Plus: How Big Pharma pushes dangerous drugs and reaps profits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCciAJJMt9Q  9th Jan 2022 
The pandemic has revealed the power of big pharma. Major drug manufacturers and suppliers have the power to set prices, influence regulators and lobby lawmakers. This power has allowed big pharma to push potentially dangerous drugs.

In Dubious Battle: Ramdev versus the Indian Medical Association Sanjay Nagral  25 Jun 202 https://www.theindiaforum.in/article/dubious-battle-ramdev-versus-indian-medical-association

The distinction between the low-key affordable medicines offered by neighbourhood traditional practitioners and the humungous business empire built by Ramdev that thrives on a combination of fantastic claims, powerful marketing and proximity to power is not easy to discern for well-wishers of traditional medicine. There is a method in Ramdev’s madness and going by the huge growth of his empire it has worked for him. He is also assured of state patronage with two senior cabinet ministers, including the health minister, attending the launch of so-called research on the 'wonder drug' Coronil, which claims highly effective protection against Covid-19.

The popularity of Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine is partly a result of their strong historical roots. They also appeal to people as an alternative to the excesses, costs and inaccessibility of modern medicine (often called ‘allopathy’, a term that was first popularised by Samuel Hanemann, the 18th century inventor of homeopathy).

There are a variety of practitioners in India owing allegiance to Ayurveda. There is the traditional healer who dispenses home remedies or low-cost herbal preparations based on hereditary knowledge. Then there are the large number of formally trained Ayurveda graduates. Many of them enrolled for an Ayurveda degree not necessarily out of a love for Ayurveda but as a second-best option to the MBBS degree, an option that still gives them upward mobility, social status and even value in the marriage market. Most of them end up practicing modern medicine.

The interests of the IMA leadership have changed over the years. This has paralleled the rise of private medicine and medical education in India. Many doctors in India are entrepreneurs and have direct investments in their clinical practice. The IMA leadership has been slowly transformed to reflect these interests. The strongest activity of the IMA in recent years has been its role in strengthening the narrative that the modern medical professionals’ interests are under threat and hence need to be defended .

The tussle between the rationalism of science and obscurantism is complex and nuanced. The terrain that matters is not TV studio debates, but early education and day to day activities. Science needs the inculcation of a faith in the scientific process amongst large sections of people, which is very different from obtaining science degrees or posturing. Currently even modern medical education and practice in India is hugely deficient on this front. In India, attempts to promote a rationalist mindset by taking on self-styled godmen and exposing fakery can even be dangerous as we saw in the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar.